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Published on April 23rd, 2013 | by Andrew Reynolds

Barrowman “Upset” He Was “Not Asked” Back

They’ve exchanged knowing glances, made it clear that they’re both available and even entertained the notion of finally hooking up together to recapture that sweet thing they once had but alas, the course of true love never does run smoothly.


John Barrowman and the 50th anniversary special; it just wasn’t to be.

“Everyone on Twitter tries to make it like it’s my decision, but the bottom line is I was not asked…[The producers] don’t want to put Jack in it. And I know fans are really upset about it, as was I.”

Of course it could all be a clever ruse to disguise the fact that he’ll be making an appearance – after all who says one afternoon they can’t knock up a green screen and film a small something for the show late into post-production?

But for now at least, there will be no last fling for Captain Jack Harkness:

“I understand why they did it. They want to move forward, they want to try some different things.”

But could they have done something different? Were other obstacles stopping them from reuniting?

“People have tried to say it’s my schedule – it’s absolutely not. I was told by the producers of Arrow that if I was asked to do the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who they’d let me go and do it…It was nothing to do with my schedule. It’s just a matter of fact that I wasn’t asked.”

Understandably, the whole affair has left John Barrowman in a reflective, contemplative mood about his place in relation to Doctor Who:

“I know from how [former showrunner Russell T Davies] approaches things, they’re not doing it just for the uber fan; they’re doing it for the wider audience. And if they’re going to bring a character back it wouldn’t be just for the uber fan, it would be for everybody. So perhaps that’s the thinking they had.”

Ah, c’est la vie, it’s better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all (um, are you drunk? – Ed), We’ll always have Paris, Forget it Jake, it’s Chinatown (seriously Andy, stop it – Ed), and Game over, man. Game Over… (Nurse! He’s gone again! – Ed)

(via The Metro)


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Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.

5 Responses to Barrowman “Upset” He Was “Not Asked” Back

  1. It means he’ll be in it :)

  2. avatar rickjlundeen says:

    I think Barrowman should wake up to the fact that’s he’s a minor footnote in the 50 year history of Doctor Who or to be fair, a secondary companion like Mickey or Turlough or K9. There’s a LOT of people I’d like to see included in the show before Jack.

  3. I think he’s lying. Everything around this special is so mysterious that I think a lot of misinformation is being put out there. I call it “Operation Blue Harvest” in my blog (named after the fake movie George Lucas came up with to cover up the production of Return of the Jedi). Earlier reports said that Barrowman said he was in talks with the producers about the special. Then he says he was never asked? I call BS on that.

    I discuss it a little more on my blog:

    • Great blog, Trevor, thanks for sharing!

  4. avatar Bob James says:

    Perhaps he should talk to Russell T. Davies, and ask him why he decided to kill Torchwood by sacrificing it on the altar of his US career aspirations. Torchwood is where we should see Jack again, and now we never will, because Russell and Julie Gardner just had to get into bed with Starz, and have that North American screw session. It was Russell’s baby, and it was his right to decide to sacrifice it, so if John is/was upset he should direct it towards RTD, as it’s not Steven Moffat’s job to keep his character alive.

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